Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts’ ex-aide has filed a personal injury claim and wrongful termination claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit. The claim was filed against the mayor and the city of Inglewood and was on the July 28, 2020, regular city council agenda for denial. The claim includes depositions by several city employees and the former executive director of the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (IAACC) who all detail their knowledge of the relationship.
Melanie McDade-Dickens was escorted from Inglewood City Hall in July 2019 and had her employment terminated December 31, 2019. It was long rumored that the McDade and Butts were a couple until City Manager Artie Fields publicly confirmed the relationship to a local newspaper.
In her claim she states “…Butts would direct that she give preference to his friends and associates with city jobs and benefits, as well as engage in other questionable activities involving the potential misuse of City funds…”
How much will this lawsuit cost Inglewood taxpayers now that the legal costs can no longer be billed to Murphy’s Bowl LLC?
McDade’s claim is for $12,000,000.Melanie claim